Addiction research addresses Cocaine Use Disorder

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — A coalition of four women researchers at The University of New Mexico have just taken a huge step forward for addiction research. Recent research has shown benefits associated with reductions in alcohol use short of strict abstinence, but that approach hadn’t been fully explored with cocaine use until now. In fact, the Federal Drug Association does not have an approved medication for Cocaine Use Disorder. With over $1.4 million from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the UNM group analyzed clinical trials of continuing care for CUD. Trial results showing, a slow, encouraging decrease in frequency among users, in just a year, 62% of those who used at a high frequency reached abstinence.